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Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children
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Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children

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Published 27 Feb 2014 (OUP)
ISBN: 9780199934218. Soft Cover.

Monica K. Miller, Jared Chamberlain, Twila Wingrove

Lawmakers and judges often enact and enforce laws and policies that impact youth. The extent to which these legal actions are sensitive to juveniles' perspectives and experiences has changed recently. Compared to an earlier time when juvenlies were treated the same as adults, many policies are now created with the needs of juveniles in mind, thanks in part to psychological studies that have revealed that the decision making, behavior, and cognitions of children vary drastically from those of adults. 
Unique in its angle and in thebreadth of social issues it covers, Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children brings together new research and analyses to address how legal actions affect children's wellbeing. 

It addresses how civil and criminal law has evolved to protect, and sometimes inadvertently neglect or harm, the wellbeing and development of children. Each chapter describes a law or policy affecting children, identifies the relevant psychological issues, reviews the research that has been conducted or should be conducted, and provides recommendations for professionals in law and/or psychology. With contributions from top researchers and practitioners in the field, chapters discuss many current debates, including issues such as gender-specific programming for juvenile delinquents, interrogations of juveniles, changes in divorce and custody procedures, programs for imprisoned mothers, and legal actions adopted to protect the health of children and sociecty (e.g., HPV vaccinations, considering child obesity to be abuse). This book will be a vital resource for those interested in protecting the wellbeing of children, including academics and researchers in psychology, criminology, and sociology; practitioners such as judges, attorneys, forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers; and graduate and law students.

Series Foreword
About the Editors
1. Psychology, law, and the wellbeing of children: An overview
Monica K. Miller and Jared C. Chamberlain
2. Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children: A Developmental Perspective
Twila Wingrove and Sarah J. Beal
Part I: Legal Actions Affecting the Wellbeing and Recognizing (or Ignoring) the Developmental Abilities of Juvenile Delinquents
3. Psycho-Legal Aspects of Juvenile Delinquency
Cheryl D. Wills
4. Police Interviewing and Interrogation of Adolescent Suspects: Process and Outcomes
Hayley M.D. Cleary and Sarah Vidal
5. Applying Sex Offender Registry Laws to Juvenile Offenders: Biases against Stigmatized Youth
Jessica M. Salerno, Margaret Stevenson, Cynthia J. Najdowski, Tisha R.A. Wiley, Bette L. Bottoms, and Liana Peter-Hagene
6. Female Juvenile Offenders' Perceptions of Gender-Specific Programs
Monica K. Miller, Lacey Miller, and Angela D. Broadus
7. Balancing Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Considerations when Managing Suicidality in Research with Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
Christy L. Giallella, Naomi E. S. Goldstein, and David DeMatteo
Part II: Legal actions affecting the wellbeing of children experiencing parental divorce
8. Hearing the Voice of the Child in Divorce
Robin H. Ballard, Brittany N. Rudd, Amy G. Applegate, and Amy Holtzworth-Munroe
9. Establishing Child Support and Visitation Enforcement Offices: Promoting Fairness, Compliance, and Children's Wellbeing
Monica K. Miller and Jon Maskaly
10. Parental Alienation and the Best Interests of the Child
R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell
Part III: Legal actions affecting the wellbeing of children
11. The Search for Therapeutic Solutions to Maternal Incarceration: Promoting the Wellbeing of Children
Monica K. Miller and Lacey Miller
12. Immigrant Parents' Perceptions of the <"Best Interests of the Child>"
Qingwen Xu
13. Assessment of Mock Jurors' Attributions and Decisions in Child Abuse Cases: Protecting the Wellbeing of Obese Children
Jenny Reichert and Monica K. Miller
14. A Preliminary Analysis of Public Commentary Supporting and Opposing Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Implications for Policy
Lorie L. Sicafuse and Monica K. Miller
15. The Law and Child Wellbeing: Where are We and Where Do We Go From Here?
Twila Wingrove and Jennifer L. Jarrett

About the Editors 

Monica K. Miller, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Jared Chamberlain, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) at Argosy University, Phoenix. 

Twila Wingrove, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Appalachian State University.

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